Term

Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA)

The Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) is a US law on the jurisdiction of US courts in cases concerning violations of public international law. It allows for non-US citizens to bring civil actions before US courts in certain situations. This applies even if the events in question occurred outside the United States.

Nigeria

Kiobel Case: ECCHR supports victims of corporate abuse before US Supreme Court

Torture

ECCHR supports claimants in a case of corporate crime in front of the US Supreme Court. The proceedings are a continuation of the high-profile case taken against Shell. The claimants argue that Shell, through its Nigerian subsidiary, aided and abetted crimes, including torture and extra-judicial executions.

South Africa

Daimler and Rheinmetall facing lawsuit for supporting apartheid crimes

Apartheid

ECCHR is supporting the lawsuit filed by South African victims of the apartheid regime against eight European and US corporations (among them Daimbler and Rheinmetall). The plaintiffs accuse the companies of either directly committing human rights violations in South Africa, or of facilitating and supporting state-sponsored human rights violations.